Restauranteurs across the metropolis are doing their half to boost cash for victims in Ukraine. Garry Kanfer, who’s from a Ukrainian Jewish household, is one: The proprietor of the Kissaki mini-empire of omakase-focused eateries has helped construct a brand new nonprofit to get cash to the war-torn nation and its individuals.
“We’re dedicated to discovering tasks straight,” Kanfer stated of America for Ukraine, the brand new nonprofit. “We don’t fund center males. We’ve got no bills. We’re constructing a corporation which would be the quickest approach to fund individuals in want in Ukraine in the present day – not weeks from now.”
Others within the New York Metropolis hospitality business are also becoming a member of the battle.
Restaurateur Keith McNally donated final Tuesday’s income at Balthazar — $50,000, which was then doubled by VIP buyer Scott Asen — for a complete of $100,000 to UNICEF’s Protect Children in Ukraine charity, as Page Six reported.
“P.S.,” McNally wrote on an Instagram publish: “I hope this evokes different eating places in New York and London to do the identical. (If not all of the night time’s proceedings then maybe a proportion.)”
He stated that on March 22, all of his eating places on the town – Balthazar, Minetta Tavern and Morandi – will donate “each penny” they make to the UNICEF charity.
McNally tells Facet Dish: ‘I’m doing it as a result of I really feel it’s my responsibility. I’m unsure I may stay with my conscience if I didn’t. I don’t care whether or not different eating places do the identical factor, however nonetheless I’m shocked that not one of the restaurateurs in London and New York I’ve requested to affix in have stated sure. In any case, in the long run, we’re all linked.”
In the meantime, Kanfer is also getting cash to the nation – and never simply by his eating places. Kanfer launched the Michelin-plated Kissaki model of omakase sushi in 2020, simply earlier than lockdown – and has grown it to 5 places, from the Bowery and the Higher West Facet to the Hamptons, Greenwich, CT and, quickly, Miami. He additionally based Large Drop, a digital promoting company that has workplaces in Kharkiv, Ukraine – a hard-hit a part of the nation that’s taken heavy bombing from Russia.
He stated he spent round $60,000 to assist get 58 of his 60 or so staff to security in Poland and elsewhere. (One stayed to battle and one other stayed to handle aged mother and father and is now trapped in Chuhuiv, which is occupied by the Russian military.)
Then others reached out for assist and Kanfer stated he couldn’t say no. Quickly, he was speaking each day with different New Yorkers who even have household and pals in Ukraine. They’ve raised greater than $250,000 of their very own cash and despatched it to individuals they belief in Ukraine to ship meals and drugs to individuals in want. Then they launched America for Ukraine.
“We discover out who wants assist and we get it to them straight by individuals on the bottom, with out ready to ship. These individuals need assistance in the present day – not weeks or a month from now,” Kanfer stated.
Different restaurateurs — shocked by Russia’s brutality and impressed by Ukrainians’ combating spirit — are additionally elevating cash for Ukraine.
On March 10, Metropolis Vineyard held a live performance hosted by gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello and its frontman, Eugene Hutz, for Care.org, Docs With out Borders and Come Again Alive, the biggest group elevating funds for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The live performance — starring Patti Smith, Matisyahu and Suzanne Vega, amongst others — raised $130,000.
“We felt honored to assist the Ukrainian individuals by bringing collectively New Yorkers who wished to point out their solidarity and connection to the liberty loving good individuals being horrifically invaded by Russia,” stated Metropolis Vineyard founder Michael Dorf.
And McNally’s culinary nemesis Graydon Carter has additionally supplied assist at his Waverly Inn, whereas famend Chef Jose Andres has been serving meals to refugees on the Polish border. On Monday, Terroir posted that it will additionally donate “each single penny of gross sales” to Andres’ World Central Kitchen. “Our hearts ache for the devastation being wrought upon Ukraine and its unbelievable residents,” the famous wine bar posted on Instagram.
As well as, the Gerber Group’s new membership Daphne, at 50 Bowery, is making a specialty cocktail to assist girls and ladies in Ukraine, in partnership with Dewars – and a proportion of gross sales will likely be donated and matched by Dewars, to the Ukrainian Womens’ Basis, Scott Gerber tells Facet Dish.
New Yorkers additionally proceed to line as much as support iconic Ukrainian diner Veselka within the East Village — the place at the least one Ukrainian staffer has left to battle for his homeland, in line with studies.
At America for Ukraine, Kanfer and the others who’re working to face up the brand new nonprofit are doing every thing they’ll to assist Ukrainians. They haven’t had time to boost cash but past what they’ve pitched in themselves. They’re engaged on a GoFundMe web page that may hyperlink to their web site, AmericaforUkraine.org.
Peter Zinkovetsky, a lawyer in New York, is the founding father of America for Ukraine, the nation the place he was born. Kanfer stated they’re constructing a database to collect data – like who has meals and drugs and meals and who wants it. “That’s section two,” he stated.
Citymeals raises almost $1 million
In different information, we hear … that philanthropic diners joined Citymeals on Wheels Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud and celebrated visitor cooks for the twenty fourth Annual Sunday Supper at Restaurant DANIEL.
The annual occasion raised over $960,000, 100% of which will likely be used to arrange and ship greater than 120,000 meals to New York Metropolis’s homebound aged.
Visitor cooks included: Cosme Aguilar of Casa Enrique (New York), Renata Ameni of Crown Shy (New York), Curtis Duffy of Ever (Chicago), Angie Mar of Les Trois Chevaux (New York), and Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington (Virginia).